The Believer's Confidence in a Faithful God and the needless triumph of his enemies
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Transcribed from the 1817 R. Thomas edition by David Price,email [email protected]
Triumph of his Enemies
Preached onLORD’s DAY MORNING, November 23, 1817.
AT SEVEN O’CLOCK,
At the SurreyTabernacle,
BY JOHN CHURCH,
ON HISTAKING LEAVE.
THOUGH I WALK IN THE MIDSTOF TROUBLE THOU WILT REVIVE ME;
THOU SHALT STRETCH FORTH THINE HAND UPONTHE WRATH OF MINE
ENEMIES, AND THY RIGHT HAND SHALL SAVEME.—Psalm
Printed by R. THOMAS, Red Lion Street, BOROUGH.
Micah viii,6th.—“Rejoice not againstme, o mine enemy;
when I fall, I shallarise; and when I sit indarkness, the Lord shall be a lightunto me.”
MY DEAR FRIENDS,
I am come this morning to perform one of the most painfultasks that ever fell to my lot. I am come to take farewellof those who are dear to God, dear to angels, dear to each other,and dear to my heart upon the most noble principles. ThoughI trust it is but a temporary farewell in general, yet to many itwill be perhaps a long farewell, even till we meet in glory,where parting shall be known no more for ever; and to others wholive and die enemies to the dear and adorable Saviour—tohypocrites in Zion, to formalists and pharisees, dying such, Isay it is an eternal farewell. We shall meet no moreperhaps on praying ground—but be it known unto you, mytestimony p.4for God and truth you have heard many times, will neverbe out of your consciences, either in heaven or hell; it will befor or against you, either a savour of life unto life, or ofdeath unto death. And now behold, many among whom I havepreached the gospel will see my face no more—painfulthought! but I bow to the solemn, awful, just, and I may add, Iam sure, merciful dispensation; fully persuaded it is my duty,nay, more, it is my salvation, to bow to the will of the greathead of the church. Nature shrinks, but faith looks forwardto the grand end which my heavenly father has in view—andbeing already assured by his word, and by his spirit, that Ishall be favoured with his manifestative presence, I prefersubmitting to the mind of infinite wisdom, to any other planwhich nature, friends, and present interest may suggest. Myheart sinks, my spirit fails, my mind is distressed, when I takethe painful retrospect, accompanied with the grief of my friends,the troubles of my family, and my own situation; and what is mostmortifying, the triumph of the envious, the joy of the enemies ofthe cross; the pleasure of Satan, and the satisfaction of hisemissaries; these things all meet in my mind, and perplex me nota little; but perhaps the grief of the former may be butcomparatively for a moment, and the joy of fools is compared tothe crackling of thorns under a pot, which make a noise and ablaze, but soon will expire, for so the word of God assures
p. 6My dearhearers may perhaps recollect I have often referred them undertheir various exercises to this very important chapter. Theprophet predicts the state of the church in gospel days; and ourdear Lord, no doubt, had his mind on this chapter, when heforewarned the disciples what they would experience, even fromtheir nearest and dearest relatives, for the truth’s sake;that no earthly ties would subdue or remove the carnal enmity ofthe human heart—that the father and mother would betraytheir dear children, and children would rise up against theirparents, in consequence of their adherence to the truth; whichwas the case may times during the heat of persecution, and tothis hour, where sovereign grace has been manifested in a family,where one has been taken and another left, there has been a mostawful opposition, which may be seen in many lamentablecircumstances—Mat. 10th chapter. PerhapsSolomon alludes to this when he says, For three things theearth is disquieted, and for four which it cannotbear.—Prov. 30th.
The conquests of grace have ever disturbed the earth, andthose who have preached all the words of this life arerepresented as having turned the world upside down, and as thetroublers of Israel; while the gospel in its power has causedthose who were servants to sin to lay down the arms of theirrebellion, and God has set up a kingdom in their
Lean not to earth, ’twill piercethee to the heart:
A broken reed at best, but oft a spear!
On its sharp point peace bleeds and hope expires!
The prophet’s mind is turned to the true centre of solidjoy and peace, amidst all the trials heexperienced—therefore will I look to the Lord; Iwill wait for the God of my salvation, with this sweetconfidence, my God will hear me. My enemies then need notrejoice; for as I have God in
This subject is truly interesting, and exactly suitable to thestate of an afflicted Church, or an individual Believer; and itis the general privilege of all the children of the most high, ifit suits them, for the Scriptures are designed to furnish thechildren of God unto every good word and work; to furnish